Top Sophomores Honored During Awards Day
CLARKSDALE - The crème de la crème of Coahoma Community College’s 2014 graduating sophomore class were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the Sophomore Class Awards Day program Wednesday morning.English and Foreign Language—Top students in each English course were recognized: American Literature (Wanda Reed, Instructor): Lisa Ramsey, Delois Boyd ,Eddie Wyatt, Jennine Wyatt, Jelisa Isaac, Shirkera Gray, Shandria Brown, Watasha Gallion, Antionette Mayfield, and Cynthia Scott.
Family, friends, as well as CCC faculty and staff congratulated the more than 100 sophomores present for the special event, held in the Marion Reid Gymnasium.
“Our purpose today is to celebrate our various achievements and to give God the honor,” said sophomore Jeremy Randolph to his fellow classmates. “Think of you education as being similar to learning how to ride a bike—it is something you will never forget. Now you get to drive a car in the fast lane, able to achieve all you hopes and dreams.”
During his closing remarks, President Dr. Valmadge Towner encouraged to upcoming graduates to have resilience, which he defined as the ability to “sit through big heat”.
“You may not know exactly what you’re going to do after May 10th, but you must be resilient. You must have multiple plans and be certain that you’re able to adapt Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken; just because everybody else is doing something else, make sure you do what’s best for you.”
Towner also encouraged students to continue to pursue their passion and move forward with their education.
“Be sure that you stay in that game,” said Towner. “The best way to kill a dream is to get out of the game. Sometime you may feel like you’re winning, but just stay in the game.”
The award presentations began with recognition of sophomore scholarship recipients by Margaret Dixon, followed by special presentations to students from the Division of Academic Affairs, the Division of Career and Technical Education and the Division of Student Affairs.
Dixon presented valedictorian Jonathan King, who has a GPA of 4.0, with a $500 cash award. Salutatorian Lisa Ramsey, with a 3.86 GPA, was also presented with a $250 cash award. Other presentations were as follows:
Division of Academic Affairs:
English Composition I (Wanda Reed, Instructor): Viola Owens.
World Literature (Vera S. Griffin, Instructor):Mildrica D. Cannon, Jonathan Edward King, Christie C. McClenton, Shanekqua McAbee, Charnell Denise Cla, Matthew Blake Peden, Catricia R. Hopkins, and Alijah F. Shivers
English I (Vera S. Griffin, Instructor): William J. Horn IV, Shanice J. Mitchell, and Cuqtera Washington
Spanish 1 (Andy Pullen, Instructor): Johnathan King, Shanekqua McAbee, Christopher Neal, Delois Boyd, Christee McLenton, and Perkelish Bailey
Spanish 2 (Andy Pullen, Instructor):Ciera Triplett and Samantha Roberson
Spanish 3 (Andy Pullen, Instructor): Mary Windless
Public Speaking (Dr. Kishki Hall, Instructor): Wairterrica Galmore, Christopher Neal, Blake Peden, Juanita Slaughter, Leslie Eckford, Jerrica Jones, Shakeila James, Precious Jennings, Aldarrio Alexander, Johnesha Matthews, Dominique Adams, and Christee McClinton
Reading (David Jones, Instructor): Rhonda Young and Terrika George (Most Improved)
Composition II (David Jones, Instructor):Alexis Buchanan, Darius Miller, Davita Johnson, Charnell Clay, and Mary Shields
World Literature I (David Jones, Instructor): Leslie Eckford
World Literature II (David Jones, Instructor): Jessica Moore
English II (Robert Rockett, Instructor): Adrian Bays and Shelrika S. Gray
English I (Robert Rockett, Instructor): Robert D. Scott and Tykenya Lee
English Composition I (Glynda J. Duncan, Instructor):Devail Anderson, Shalonda Bass, Demaris Birge, Churvondria Baskin, Stephanie Chisolm, Luis Colon-Navarro, Dolly Harrison, Cynthia Hollingsworth, Caleb Kile, Javion Lofton, De’Angelo Maxwell, Debra McBride, Jeraldine Rice, Trarrial Slaughter, and Kristina Weaver
English Composition II (Glynda J. Duncan, Instructor): Serci Allen, La’Keedra Allison, Shanethia Ellis, Olivia Garcia, Charnelle Mitchell, Tiffany Moore, Marilyn Myles, Blake Peden, Faraji Robinson, Juanita Slaughter, JaKirah Starks, Christan Williams, Ray Williams, Kadesha Wilson, Eddie Wyatt, and Jennine Wyatt
Literature II (Glynda J. Duncan, Instructor) Tina Gaither, Terrina Jones, Johnesha Matthew, and Tisha Young
The Beatta C.Steward Scholarship was awarded to Mildrica Cannon who has plans to attend Alcorn State University. The scholarship was presented to Cannon during the program by The North Delta Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University.
Business and Computer Information Systems (CIS)—Students with the highest average for each major within the department were recognized: Grabrial Brown, Computer Information Systems (CIS); Lislie Eckford, Entrepreneurship; Tisha Young, Accounting; Stacy James, Economics; Catrice Hopkins, Banking and Finance; and Sherlika Gray, Business.
Health, P.E. and Recreation (HPER)—Students were recognized for their contributions and demonstration of high academic achievements with a 3.0 GPA. They were: Ray Williams, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine; Darris Recio, Recreation; Watasha Gallion, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine; Aliyah Shivers, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine; Tyrece Haynes, Health, Physical Education & Recreation; and Trevious Allen, Health, Physical Education & Recreation.
Science and Math—Certificates of appreciation were presented to sophomore Math and Science Club members: Jose’ Avila, Patrice Beasley, Shelrika Gray, Greg Johnson, Ebony Phillips, Lonnie Prater, Shanekqua McAbee, and Niaeshia Walker. Club members with the highest average were recognized: freshmen Jose’ Avila (highest average) and Shanekqua McAbee (second highest average), and sophomores Shelrika Gray (highest average) and Ebony Phillips (second highest average). New inductees to the Phi Theta Kappa organization were also recognized.
Fine Arts—The sophomores were recognized based on their individual achievements, classroom achievements, and community service. They were Jammie Lynom, Willie Hardmon, and Alexis Malone, Jeremiah Brown, Landan Jones, and Ariel Artis.
Music—Three outstanding sophomore students were recognized. They were: Gregory Holly who plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi; Shatara Jones who plans to attend Mississippi Valley State University; and Tierra Washington who plans to attend the University of Mississippi.
Division of Career and Technical Education:The $500 Artis L. Ferguson, Sr. Collision Repair Scholarship was awarded to Collision and Repair student Ra'Jhae Hopson.
Top sophomores recognized in the Business Office Technology Program were: Amaya Berry, Office Systems Technology; Shakira Flowers, Office System Technology; Cameron Seldon, Accounting Technology; Triquetta Johnson, Medical Billing and Coding; Vernice Wright, Medical Billing and Coding; Marykimisia Nolan, Medical Billing and Coding; and Jasuedia Presley, Medical Office Technology
Students receiving certificates for the National Technical Honor Society are: Valkyrie Linzy, Victoria Battee', and Kevette Anderson.
Division of Student Affairs:Leadership awards were presented to Student Government Association cabinet and as campus royalty for the 2013-2014 school term: SGA President Amaya Berry; Mr. CCC Gregory Holly; Miss CCC Wairterrica Galmore; Vice President Mildrica Cannon; Treasurer Kadesa Wilson; Leadership Chair Mikyra Cherry; and Miss Homecoming: Kadeja Gray.
The group will officially become graduates of CCC during the Spring 2014 Commencement Exercise, slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10th in The Pinnacle.
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